Prestige Philately Auction 160 CatalogueCatalogue by themeExpress Mail
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VICTORIA: 1907 illustrated 'BOYD'S/EXPRESS MESSENGER/DESPATCH' black/red envelope to Hobart with 4d paying the double-rate tied by Melbourne continuous-machine, 'BOYD'S-DESPATCH/88 ELIZABETH ST' h/s on reverse. Ex Hornadge: acquired for $493 at our auction of 25/6/2005. Most attractive. [Written-up in "The Philatelist" June 1978]
1932 (July 26) solicitor's packet (322x123mm) to Queensland endorsed "Sydney-Brisbane/Air-Mail/Express Delivery" with rare solo franking of Kangaroos Small Multiple Watermark 5/- grey & yellow - unpriced on cover in the ACSC - tied by superb Melbourne cds, Brisbane arrival b/s of 28JY32, three vertical folds well clear of the stamp. A remarkable item. [The rate was 2d per ounce x7 = 1/2d + 3d airmail fee per Żoz x13 = 3/6d + 4d express delivery fee = 5/-]
1935 (Apr 19) Bank of New South Wales airmail cover endorsed "Express Delivery" in red, to Sydney (b/s) with Kangaroos 6d brown & KGV 3d blue tied by Brisbane cds, minor blemishes. [In 1935, the service was extended to include parcels, & delivery up to 3 miles from a GPO. The basic rate remained at 4d but, if delivery took place on the messenger's way home, the rate was only 3d! This is hardly likely to be the case here but the article is otherwise underpaid 1d]
1939 (Dec 4) cover with printed 'URGENT/PRESS PARCEL', KGVI 2d red Die II tied by scarce 'WILD DUCK CREEK/VIC' cds (LRD). PO 15/3/1862; closed 16/4/1962; on the McIvor Goldfields. [There is no mention in the Post Office Guides of a "press parcel" service. It appears to have been an arrangement with the Victorian Railways whereby letters so endorsed were treated expeditiously on arrival]